Friday, December 22, 2017


Submitted by Alyssa Grace McKenzie, Ukraine
Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation.
2 Peter 3:14a

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11

There is nothing more beautiful than the leaves changing in autumn. The rich colors are definitely something to be admired. The vibrant yellows and oranges, and the deep reds instantly make me think of what a wonderful and imaginative Creator we have.

Something about fall that I don’t often consider is that the leaves are dying. They were once vibrant, alive, and growing, but now are losing life, and falling, but they won’t always be like this.

Every one of us has seasons of trial and hardship, but it is quite a beautiful thing to see just how much God changes and forms us so that we can once again thrive. I challenge you to rejoice in your brokenness and failures, knowing that God won’t allow you to stay broken. He is preparing and cultivating you for better things. When we repent and fully trust in the Lord, just like the leaves, our spring will come.

Lord, help me to see that in my brokenness and trials You are making me new. I know that you are shaping and molding me and I believe the words of Ecclesiastes 3:11, that You make everything beautiful in its time.

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